Cancer survival league tables30th November 2006
Cancer survival rates by hospital are to be published for the first time, to enable patients to choose the best treatment available.
The government hopes the strategy will help improve treatment – and end the so-called postcode lottery that they believe still exists for cancer patients. The figures could be available within months.
The information will help patients in England see how successful their local hospitals are at treating cancer, using survival rates, enabling them to choose treatment at a centre with the best record.
Cancer czar Mike Richards said cancer patients should be able to access the same data that is already available for patients with heart disease.
By putting the information in the public domain, it would also provide an incentive for poorly performing trusts to improve.
It is vital the statistics are accurate, and adjusted to recognise where centres deal with more complex or advanced cancers which will naturally have higher death rates.
It comes as part of the reform of the 2000 Cancer Plan, which has been praised for improving waiting lists and access.
More than 200,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in England and it causes 128,000 deaths, but as the population continues to age, the work load of cancer services is likely to continue to increase.
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Title: Cancer survival league tables
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 1366
Date Added: 30th Nov 2006